Hi! I’m Natalie
Welcome to my website NattyTravels.
Recently I’ve been travelling solo although, not as well travelled as others yet. I’m hoping to travel to as many places as possible and blog as it happens.
Here you can expect to find travel blogs, pictures, videos, stories, experiences, tips and travel advice.
* I have dyslexia, so I will try my best to make things make sense*
Why I set up my blog
I created this blog in August 2019 to inspire people to travel and live life to the fullest. Studies show that stress, depression and other mental health illnesses been increasingly on the horizon. This rings true when I speak to people around me, or in some cases with random strangers and people at work. I have also had my own bouts of depression after a string of events in my life. I was in complete denial at first after my diagnosis but, eventually accepted it, evaluated my life and really thought of things I could do to help myself. It was at this point I decided to do some travelling, not to run away from my problems, but to do more of the things that make me happy. Besides this, I also gave up my apartment, Car, and the career I spent six years at university studying for. In other words, I needed to forget about everything I thought was going to make me happy and start to figure out what was really going to make me happy and travelling was the beginning to my road of recovery. So, initially I was just travelling, but when I realised how much it helped me to transform my mindset and the way I viewed my life and the world. I realised that I could quite possibly help someone else and give them a new perspective of the world and their own life.
I’m also a strong advocate for solo travel in-particularly women solo travel. I feel a lot more women are largely put off by this due to the risks and fears. But, I will demonstrate ways you can travel safely.
Happiness is not a destination
Whilst I can appreciate when people tell me happiness is not a destination but, I truly believe travelling helps you to view the world and your own life with a different perspective. It helps to have global awareness, respect different cultures and religions, improves communication skills, increases maturity and confidence etc.
It also decreases stress levels because your having more fun, it helps you to reinvent yourself by expanding your mind as your being educated on various things, It boosts happiness and excitement as you enjoy new experiences and it creates more resilience as sometimes being in an unfamiliar place can be daunting at first.
so over all travelling makes you an over all better equipped person.
But, I can’t travel like you because….. I have a family, I don’t have much money, I don’t have anyone to go with
I’m fully aware we all have obstacles that stop us from doing the things we want to do. Me too! Hence me being a solo traveller. My blog will show you, you don’t have to always travel abroad or spend ridiculous amounts of money. You just need a bundle of optimism, an open mind and the more you travel the more you’ll notice the beauty around you……And those that don’t have a travel buddy, my blog will encourage you hopefully to take that plunge to solo travel. You can’t wait for other people to live your life!
In 2018, facing my fears I booked my first solo trip! It was by far the best thing I ever did!
I hope to inspire you in some way or another